ACCORDING to statistics provided by the Ministry of Environment and Tourism, MEFT, a total of 22 Rhino’s have been poached since the beginning of the year.
To help aid the population growth of the Rhino species whose numbers continue to dwindle due to poaching, private game associations are doing their bit to increase the number of the endangered species in the country, with a total number of 127 Rhino Calves bred over the past nine years by the Help our Rhino’s Now (HoRn), Rhino Mamma project.
This was revealed at the annual general meeting of the Game Rangers association of Africa, Namibian Chapter, held over the weekend. The event that took place at the coast, saw a small group of rangers gathering to discuss conservation in the country, and the way forward.
At the same event, guest speaker and founder of HoRn Namibia, Jaco Muller, highlighted the role of the organization. HoRn was established in 2012 to be a mouthpiece for all private Rhinoceros owners as well as for the black Rhino custodian program.
Muller stated that Horn has also an important role to play in assisting Rhino breeders and custodians with the fight against poaching as well as anti-poaching training and general assistance.
Going hand in hand with Horn is the Mullers’ own Rhino mamma project, that up to date successfully bred 127 rhino calves over the past 9 years. “The Rhino mamma project is also committed by taking in and raising calves that are orphaned either due to poaching or natural reasons,” Muller said.
Muller breeds white Rhinoceros specifically for the reason of a buffer population against poaching and to repopulate areas where white rhino used to roam free.
The Muller family managed to relocate total of 50 rhinos in Namibia with 30 rhinos that were relocated internationally.
The Game Rangers Association was established in the early 1970’s in Natal South Africa. The aim of the association was to discuss and solve pertinent issues in specific conservation areas. The Namibian chapter was established in 2009. Mark Paxton, a world-renowned conservationist, serves as the President of the Namibian chapter of the Game Rangers Association of Africa.
Paxton said the aim of the Game Rangers association is to assist rangers in the field, and to also compare notes with various other chapters throughout Africa in order to be better equipped for conservation.
The GRAA is also involved in various training, outreach, educational and awareness programs for conservation.